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Counter Intelligence

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    Counter Intelligence

    Read this and you'll look smart. You don't have to be intelligent to impress people -- you just have to fake it. Here's a daily list of fascinating articles that will wow your friends, surprise your co-workers and make you seem sharp at a cocktail party or over the lunch counter....

    • If texting is the modern sonnet -- communicating an idea to another individuals within certain word constraints -- is it possible that technology is not corrupting language? The conventional wisdom among professional linguists is that no organic changes in language can be negative.
    • How will the scientific community fare under an Obama or McCain administration? Team McCain, for one, has advocated freezing spending and supports creationism, which could be a blow to the scientific community.
    • Worried about the U.S. nationalizing banks? No sweat! We've done this before. The IHT put together a retrospective on times when the U.S. government has intervened in the financial sector to avert crisis.
    • A TV trade group says that automaker GM is misusing its media budget -- significantly increasing newspaper spending, dropping its spot TV, etc -- and should look into better ways to build their brand.
    • Most Americans are dissatisfied with the direction the country is headed in. But who and where are the one in 10 who are happy? Newsweek ferreted out a few of them.